Investigation finds dozens of skimmers at Tampa Bay gas stations

Over the past three months, inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have swept through Florida checking gas station pumps for “skimmers,” devices that people illegally place on pumps in order to capture consumers’ credit or debit card information.

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam on Tuesday announced that his department has uncovered 103 skimmers used for identity theft at the 7,571 gas stations inspected.

“We will employ every weapon in the arsenal to protect Florida’s consumers and visitors from identity theft occurring at gas pumps,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

“While the overall percentage of skimmers at pumps is low, one skimmer at a pump in Florida is one too many. I thank the Florida Petroleum Council and the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association for partnering with us, so we can involve gas station employees in our consumer protection efforts.”

The counties and numbers of skimmers found are as follows. Locations of skimmers found in the Tampa Bay area are listed below:

Alachua – 3

Bay – 1

Brevard – 6

Broward – 9

Charlotte – 1

Citrus – 2

  • Kwik King/Sunoco, 1211 N. Florida Ave., Hernando
  • Kwik Stop CitriGo, 5445 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa

Duval – 3

Hernando – 2

  • 7-Eleven, 18226 Powell Rd., Brooksville
  • Racetrac, 16129 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville

Hillsborough – 6

  • 818 Market Place/ Sunoco, 818 W. Platt St., Tampa
  • Causeway Mobil, 11210 Causeway Blvd., Brandon
  • Citgo Quick Mart, 6101 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
  • Joy Food Store, 6314 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
  • Mobile Mart, 1640 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon
  • Radiant Food Store, 110 E. Bearrs Ave., Tampa

Lake – 3

Lee – 3

Marion – 2

Martin – 3

Miami-Dade – 16

Monroe – 2

Okaloosa – 2

Orange – 6

Osceola – 5

Palm Beach – 11

Pasco – 1

  • 7-Eleven, 18934 US 19, Hudson

Pinellas – 1

  • BP, 3009 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater

Polk – 4

  • 5 Star Gas & Food/ Citgo, 2340 W. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland
  • 98 Sunoco, 3230 US 98, Lakeland
  • Lakeland Exxon, 4655 N. Socrum Loop Rd., Lakeland
  • Scenic Citgo, 800 N. Scenic Highway, L:ake Wales

Saint Lucie – 2

Sarasota – 1

  • Circle K/Shell, 4405 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota

Seminole – 1

Sumter – 1

Suwannee – 2

Volusia – 3

Walton – 1

Consumers who suspect that a gas pump has been tampered with should contact the gas station manager, local law enforcement or the department’s consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832).

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